ARIZONA NEWS

AAA expects Arizona holiday travel season to be among busiest in decades

Dec 13, 2022, 9:50 AM | Updated: 9:52 am
(Flickr Photo/Arizona Department of Transportation)...
(Flickr Photo/Arizona Department of Transportation)
(Flickr Photo/Arizona Department of Transportation)

PHOENIX — The upcoming holiday travel season is expected to be among the busiest in decades in Arizona, according to AAA.

The auto club is predicting over 2.1 million Arizonans will take trips between Dec. 23 and Jan. 2. That would be Arizona’s third-busiest holiday travel season since 2000 and an increase of 3.3% from 2021.

“The travel is going to be a little more spread out since it’s Christmas and New Year’s landing on a Sunday,” AAA Arizona spokesman Julian Parades told KTAR News 92.3 FM on Tuesday.

“Most people are going to be traveling on a weekday. The travel period is a little bit longer because of that.”

Nationwide, AAA is predicting the most holiday travelers since 2019, before the COVID-19 pandemic. The auto club expects 101.8 million people to go by vehicle, up 2% from 2021, and 7.2 million by airplane, up 14% from last year.

Parades said Arizonans tend to make holiday trips within driving distance.

“People seem to be going to Southern California, so that’s an easy commute by car,” he said.

The busiest days on the road are expected to be the Friday before Christmas and Dec. 27-28, AAA said.

Drivers are advised to hit the road during off-peak hours, either before 2 p.m. or after 8 p.m. Otherwise, they could see travel times that are up to 25% longer than usual.

Parades also said motorists should check the forecast before their trip, because weather changes can slow down or halt traffic.

KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Heidi Hommel contributed to this report.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

(Facebook Photo/City of Mesa Police Department)...
KTAR.com

Student arrested after allegedly bringing gun to Mesa high school

An East Valley high school student was arrested Thursday afternoon after he allegedly brought a gun to campus, authorities said.
8 hours ago
(Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)...
Taylor Tasler

Phoenix police, fire departments unveil plan for Super Bowl

The Phoenix police and fire departments will be ready to jump into action at a moment’s notice for Super Bowl events around downtown.
8 hours ago
(KTAR News Photo/Colton Krolak)...
Colton Krolak

New desert garden open in time for Super Bowl LVII in Glendale

Hance Park in Downtown Phoenix will host one of the Valley’s many Super Bowl festivities, and now it has a brand new desert garden.
8 hours ago
(Facebook Photos/ Arizona Renaissance Festival, Arizona Balloon Classic)...
KTAR.com

Weekend guide: Here are the biggest events around metro Phoenix for Feb. 3-5

The Arizona Renaissance Festival is back, hot air balloons will rise in the Goodyear sky and there'll be plenty of museums to explore. Here's this weekend's events guide.
8 hours ago
(Facebook Photo/Arizona Department of Transportation)...
KTAR.com

ADOT puts freeway closures on hold until after Super Bowl

Getting around Valley freeways won't require any end arounds over the next two weeks after state transportation officials put a hold on scheduled closures.
8 hours ago
(Putting World)...
KTAR.com

Putting World, with 18-hole indoor course, opens in Scottsdale

Putting World, a new putting venue featuring an 18-hole indoor course, opened in Scottsdale.
1 day ago

Sponsored Articles

...
Day & Night Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing

Company looking for oldest air conditioner and wants to reward homeowner with new one

Does your air conditioner make weird noises or a burning smell when it starts? If so, you may be due for an AC unit replacement.
...
Day & Night Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing

Prep the plumbing in your home just in time for the holidays

With the holidays approaching, it's important to know when your home is in need of heating and plumbing updates before more guests start to come around.
...
Children’s Cancer Network

Children’s Cancer Network celebrates cancer-fighting superheroes, raises funds during September’s Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Jace Hyduchak was like most other kids in his kindergarten class: He loved to play basketball, dress up like his favorite superheroes and jump as high as his pint-sized body would take him on his backyard trampoline.
AAA expects Arizona holiday travel season to be among busiest in decades